Why is it that I can't pass on candy even when I don't like it? Never in my life have I had a moment where I said "I need some red licorice right now?" Never. Chocolate is completely different. I say that all the time for chocolate. Chocolate, peanut, chocolate and peanut butter... But offer me a piece of red licorice and I'll have some. It's not terrible. It's just not OMG good, you know? Maybe it's that I would feel terrible if someone thought that I thought I was too good for their candy? I think I partake for no other reason other than a weird and misplaced sense of obligation. I really don't care that I'm eating candy, so what is the point?
Its like the candy that comes with the cheque at restaurants. Who "wants" that? Really? Who wants that. I don't. We spend good money on a delicious meal and then top if off with a stale mint or butterscotch. But it's there and so I have one because it is there. That folks is called mindless eating. Mindless candy eating.
All this talk about candy is this smoothie's fault. I was trying to think of a way to describe this blueberry and kiwi smoothie and the only thing that came to mind was Sweetart candies. Because it is sweet from the blueberries but the kiwi adds a nice bright and tart dimension. And after that discussion about candy this sounds really negative. But I love this smoothie. I rarely repeat smoothies. But this smoothie, there is something about it that is just perfect. Three times this week, this exact combo.
Not too sweet... a bit of tartness from the kiwi... not candy sweet. & the colour sorta reminds me of purple Sweetart which is really fun. It makes me happy. And perfect after that hot and steamy six miles on Sunday. I was spent. Then I made this and once I got over the brain freeze, all was right in the world again.
Sunflower seeds add an earthy flavour that I really like. I can't say that is overpowering, all I can say that you will notice a difference if you use sunflower seeds verses almonds. Almonds are milder and sweeter. Which is a nice complement too. You could also use ground flax.
I use a Blendtec so I can easily add whole nuts and seeds, even flax, to my blender and not worry about it not getting properly ground. If you are not using a high speed blender use almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or ground flax instead of the whole nuts and seeds.
Blueberry and Kiwi Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 2 kiwi fresh, peeled
- 1/2 cup of ice
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 T sunflower seeds or almonds
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- Throw all ingredients into a blender and buzz until smooth.